Renney sees Hall potential

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:02 PM ET

Tom Renney spoke slowly for the stupid on Monday, saying the Oilers have no intention of sending Taylor Hall back to Junior, and he continued to reassure the masses on Tuesday when asked about recent line tweaking that has the first pick overall dropping to the third line.

I think hes doing fine, I see glimpses of players from the past here who are in the Hall of Fame in how this young fellow plays the game, said Renney. I know theres a tremendous amount of potential in there that will prove itself in the long run. Hes a young player at the front end of an NHL career, were going to take it a day at a time with him and allow him to feel a semblance of comfort.

Hes had some good games and hes had some games that are mediocre, but our team is 2-2, not Taylor Hall.

Hall doesnt look much different than 99% of 18-year-olds with four games of NHL experience, but Renney believe his raw talent, coupled with his ability to adjust and adapt will separate him from the typical teenage rookie.

He knows what he has to do to stay here and hell do that, said the coach. Hes such a good competitor and so coachable that hell do the right thing and continue to make a real solid contribution to the team.

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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